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Latest News from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation
June 2015

June continues to be a busy month for the Alliance with multiple events over the last month and a Twitter chat TODAY that we hope you’ll join us for using #HomeHealthChat.
 
A big thank you to all of those who joined us in New Orleans for our Future of Home Health Southern Regional Symposium on June 1! The event featured speakers from the Institute of Medicine, the Brookings Institution, Kindred Healthcare, VCU Medical Center, Amedisys, Case Western Reserve University, and more. The day started with an overview of the IOM/NRC Fall 2014 Future of Home Health Care Workshop, and subsequent panels discussed the role of caregivers, new models of care, workforce issues, and more.
 
This was the first in a series of regional symposia designed to bring the conversation of the future of home health care outside of Washington and across the country. We hope you’ll be able to join us at our Northeast Regional on September 9th in New York City; a cocktail reception will be held the night before from 5:30 – 7:00 pm ET. Register here. For those in the West and Midwest, stay tuned as well!
 
Last month, the Alliance also hosted a webinar featuring Clif Gaus and David Introcaso from the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS). Focusing on the ways home health fits into the future of ACOs, participants heard about the three types of Medicare ACOs, future trends, and the need for understanding the role home health care may play in ACOs, making it critical to achieving a lower cost, higher quality future of care delivery. The replay of the webinar is available on our website here, and don’t miss our June #HomeHealthChat on Twitter that will be co-hosted with NAACOS, today, June 23rd at 2 pm ET for more on the topic.
 
Additionally, you can find a reply of May’s Alliance briefing on Capitol Hill with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum (and formerly of the Congressional Budget Office), and Tracy Lustig of the Institute of Medicine on “Achieving Patient-Centered Coordinated Care: Bundling and the Future of Home and Community Based Care.” You can find the replay and materials from the event here.
 
We encourage you to continue following these events and more on the Future of Home Health Project using #FutureofHH on Twitter, or by going to the project page on the Alliance’s website.
 
As we prepare for a busy summer and an even busier fall, we hope you’ll keep joining us online and at our in-person events. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Alliance as a member, or have ideas on ways to collaborate, please reach out to me at tlee@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3671, or to the Alliance’s Director of Communications Jen Schiller at jschiller@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3206.


Very Truly Yours,

Teresa L. Lee, J.D., M.P.H.
Executive Director

 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Introducing the Future of Home Health Northeast Regional Symposium! The second installment in the Alliance’s FOHH Regional Symposia will take place on Wednesday, September 9th in New York City, with a cocktail reception to be held the prior evening. Register here! A limited block of rooms have been reserved at the Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan New York, 569 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-222-8733 before July 31 and ask for the HCA room block.
  • The Workshop Summary from last fall’s IOM/NRC “The Future of Home Health Care: A Workshop” is now available to download as a prepublication copy. The Workshop Summary contains a comprehensive write-up of the opinions expressed by speakers at the Fall 2014 workshop. Key themes raised in the summary include: need for better care transitions, increased and appropriate use of technology, new payment arrangements, a focus on bringing together community resources, workforce improvements, and more. The Summary can be downloaded on the IOM website here.
  • This month, the Alliance submitted comments to CMS on both the SNF proposed rule, as well as the IRF proposed rule. The SNF comments are available on the Alliance’s website here, and the IRF comments can be found here.
  • Additionally, the Alliance submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee on the Chronic Care Working Group. The comments, focusing on support for alternative models, need for the advancement of health IT and telehealth, reforming the current benefits structure, are available on the Alliance’s website here.
  • You can now watch a replay of the Alliance’s Capitol Hill briefing “Achieving Patient-Centered Coordinated Care: Bundling and the Future of Home and Community Based Care,” a briefing with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV). Focusing on the IOM/NRC Future of a Home Health Workshop Summary and post-acute care bundles, the event featured  Rep. McKinley and Doug Holtz-Eakin discussing bundled payments, while Tracy Lustig, Program Director at the IOM, reviewed the themes of the workshop. 
  • On May 27th, the Alliance hosted a Learning Collaborative webinar with the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS). Clif Gaus and David Introcaso, of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), joined the Alliance to discuss the future of ACOs and how home health fits into that future. With three types of Medicare ACOs--bringing together providers from across the spectrum of care--learning and forecasting current and future trends, as well as understanding the role home health care may play in ACOs, is critical to achieving a lower cost, higher quality future of care delivery. A replay of the webinar and the slides are available here. 
  • The complete Faces of Home Health series is now available on the Alliance’s website! Looking at the diversity in home health patient populations, the profiles look at innovative ways home health works with frail elderly, culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse, and pediatric populations. Each profile features interviews, data, and a patient story to demonstrate the value of home health care to numerous unique patient populations. The profiles can be found here.
  • The Alliance (@AHHQI) will host the June edition of the #HomeHealthChat on Twitter, today, Tuesday, June 23rd at 2 pm ET with co-host the National Association of ACOs (@NAACOS1). The May chat will follow up on the May 19th Capitol Hill briefing focused on new models of payment and care delivery in home health and post-acute care. Questions for the chat are posted on the Alliance’s website. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may follow along here. If you are interested in co-hosting an upcoming Twitter chat with the Alliance, please contact the Alliance’s Special Assistant Jennifer Schiller at jschiller@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3206.
In 2014, the Alliance launched the Future of Home Health Project, aimed at improving the understanding of the ways home health is currently used, and how it can be utilized in the future for older Americans and those with disabilities. Last week, as part of the Project, the Alliance held the first in a series of regional symposia.

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